So I woke up this morning in my lodgings, feeling about 1,000 years old. I am as stiff and sore (and about as good looking) as an old shoe. I decided last night that my hike was finished. I didn’t want to take the chance that the next segment would be as rough as the first. Hey, one day of that was more than enough! I take the bus to Hongu Shrine, my destination. I was there in 30 minutes as opposed to 12 hours!
I show my stamped credential at the Pilgrim’s office. I also show them my Camino de Santiago credential so that they will register me as a Dual Pilgrim. I get a special certificate and some nice souvenirs.
I also get to participate in a special drum ceremony. The monk that I met gave me a special blessing.
Now I am at Yunomine Onsen in my lodgings. I have had a nice long soak in their mineral springs. I have a cold beer beside me. Thanks to Leo and so many helpful Japanese people, I am safe and sound.